Nine Lives to Die (Mrs. Murphy Series #23)

Nine Lives to Die (Mrs. Murphy Series #23)

by Rita Mae Brown


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Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return with a mystery starring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, intrepid kitty sleuths Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker, the ever-faithful crime-solving corgi. This time around, Harry and her animal friends track a killer whose trail has gone as cold as the weather in December.
Winter has come to Crozet, Virginia, bringing with it a fresh blanket of snow. Harry and her husband, Fair, are hip deep in their usual end-of-the-year activities: distributing food to needy residents, and shopping for outfits for the Silver Linings youth organization’s annual fundraising gala. But buried beneath the white stuff are dark secrets from Crozet’s past—and Harry and her posse of pet detectives are determined to sniff them out.
Two Silver Linings mentors have been found dead in suspicious circumstances. If that weren’t enough to chill the bones of the locals, a pair of severed human fingers has turned up in a pencil jar in the bookkeeper’s office at St. Cyril’s church. What does this grisly display have to do with the mysterious disappearance of Harry’s voluptuous high school Latin teacher, a quarter of a century ago? Maybe nothing. But when the animals make another gruesome discovery in the woods behind Harry’s farm, it becomes clear that terrible crimes have been committed in Crozet—and somebody’s gone to great lengths to cover them up. It’s time to stop shoveling snow and start digging for clues.
The truth will be revealed. A cold case will be solved. And a twenty-five-year-old love triangle is about to get untangled. The weather outside may be frightful, but Harry and her four-legged friends refuse to be spooked off the case.

Praise for Nine Lives to Die
“Witty and entertaining . . . a recipe for continued success and an engaging read.”Richmond Times-Dispatch
“The unabashed loves of [Rita Mae Brown’s] life . . . are infectious. Perhaps because they are so clearly heartfelt, it’s easy to be swept up in the glory of her passions.”New York Journal of Books

“Murder and mayhem are the order of the day in bestseller [Rita Mae] Brown’s well-plotted twenty-second Mrs. Murphy mystery. . . . Brown’s idyllic world, with its Christian values, talking animals, and sympathetic middle-aged pet owners, has understandably struck a chord with many readers.”Publishers Weekly
“Rita Mae Brown, along with . . . Sneaky Pie, have made Harry Harristeen and her feline companion, Mrs. Murphy, household names.”Library Journal

Praise for the Mrs. Murphy mysteries
“As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594656005
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Series: Mrs. Murphy Series , #23
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 300,495
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; In Her Day; and Six of One, as well as several other novels. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.
Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on twenty-one previous Mrs. Murphy mysteries—in addition to Sneaky Pie’s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers and Sneaky Pie for President.

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Nine Lives to Die 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Beckannie More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE fan of this series as well as the Sister Jane series by Rita Mae Brown. I always eagerly await her new books and pre-order them so that I have them the day they become available. I was disappointed in this book. It wasn't up to Rita Mae Brown's usual standards in my opinion. I missed all of the regular characters that I've come to feel like I know after all these years and I didn't feel any real connection to any of the new characters in this story. It felt a little disjointed with things veering off into different directions and not coming to what I consider to be an ending that brings everything together or even an ending that made me care about the people and their story. I will continue to buy her books in hopes that her next ones will be as wildly entertaining and as worthy of re-readings as they have been in the past.
TessT More than 1 year ago
Sneaky Pie Brown and his buddies are back, and I for one am very glad. This is the 24th book of this series, and I believe 25 will be released in the fall. Mrs. Murphy and Tee Tucker are of course close by, As is Harry and some of her friends. I did miss Big and Little Mim, it's always fun to catch up with them. It's winter and everyone is really wrapped up in the end of the year activities. Not only parties to celebrate Christmas and the New Year, there are also charity events and fundraisers,  and that's where the trouble start. By the end of the book. we have 3 bodies, 2 recent and 1 at least a 25 year cold case. Sneaky Pie and friends are the ones who discover the cold case, and they are a great help in solving this. Mean while Harry and Fair, find themselves knee deep in the 2 current murders, who happened to be members of the Silver Linings group, who's only reach for fame is to help the under privileged in the area. Who is the killer of the organization members, who is responsible for the murder of the cold case, and by the way, who is the cold case? Sneaky Pie and friends always entertain me, I look forward to each new book that Ms. Browns gives to us. I am so fortunate to be able to read and review advance copies of the books. I look forward to reviewing the one in the fall. Thanks, Sneaky Pie and Ms. Brown for all of the entertainment you have given us with this series.
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. While the mystery itself was pretty good, there wasn't enough focusing on it. Still more talking in these books than doing. At least Rita Mae Brown has toned down on the political stuff. Thank Gawd. I wish she'd bring the old friends back such as Miranda and the Sanburnes. They helped make the stories more interesting.
Earth2LAC More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Rita Mae Brown fan and have been reading her books since the 1970's... This book does not read like a Rita Mae book Mary Minor Haristeen becomes Harriet in the first paragraph? The depth of the characters is missing. The few returning characters say and do things that are our of character... Very disappointed.
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BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
It’s hard to believe this series has been going on for so long but, indeed, it has—this is the twenty-second adventure for Harry and her four-footed pals and I still think spending a few hours with this crew is just about the most comforting and entertaining way to indulge my fancy for a cozy mystery. I’m a reader who generally prefers edgier crime fiction but sometimes I need a break from the dark stuff and Rita Mae Brown always delivers or almost always. There have been a few books that I felt were written as a means of sharing an agenda but Nine Lives to Die is back on track. (There is one unexplained oddity when Harry is referred to as “Harriet” which is not her name.) Harry and the rest of her rural locality are appealing people (other than the ones who will turn out to be the bad guys) and, after all these years, I consider them friends. Harry and Fair are a couple I wish were in my life for real and the rest of the town denizens always give me a sense of coming home after a time away. I especially like the faith they have in each other and in a higher power and the way they come together as a community to solve problems. In this case, modern-day murder and some years-old questions become entwined, beginning with what appears at first blush to be a fatal car accident. Missing fingers are one of the first clues that foul play might have occurred. Not long after, Harry’s pets find a great Christmas present for Mom even if it was originally on a human arm bone. Does the rest of this skeleton have anything to do with current events? A cast of characters makes it easy to keep all these folks—and a bunch of critters—straight but it is a couple of cats and a dog who are the real stars of the show. Mrs. Murphy, Pewter and Tee Tucker all have one common goal: keep Mom (Harry) from getting herself into too much trouble. Their conversations with each other and other creatures as they track down clues are a lot of fun and, no, I have no problem with talking animals, whether they talk to humans or only to each other. This is fiction, folks, and we’re allowed to have fun with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brown continues to show strong characterizations and dialogue for the animals and people but these  do not compensate for the weakness of the  main plot and distracting sub plots.  It was pretty easy to figure how  "who done it" early on in the story.  I think  the for both murders ; the subplot of the delivery of the holiday charity packages went on too long and was distracting.   In sum, I was still glad I read the book because of the animals,  but I think  Brown has lost her creative edge.  I  will save my money and go to the library for any books she writes in the futuer..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of this series, and I have enjoyed everyone.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
As a cat lover, I eagerly anticipated reading a Mrs. Murphy mystery, but my thirst was not whetted.  Rita Mae Brown presents some aspects that I wish more authors would utilize.  The beginning of the book contains a cast of characters, which I adore, even if I only use one time.  I dislike trying to read a book and fumble through all the characters and end up writing my own list.  The transition from human and animal talking tripped throughout the story, and did not alter the consequences.  I liked Brown's method of combining cats, dogs, mice, and other animals working together.  This is one of those books, which depends on conversation to progress the tale, therefore depth is missing.  Brown gives an easy and quick book to read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would give the book a 3.5 rating.    For me, 4 stars is a top mystery while 3 is an average good read.    This is the first in the series I have read.  I liked the animal part.    I felt it gave a good picture of small town life but the mystery itself was predictable.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I look forward to each new book and reading the latest saga of these "friends" that I am now so fond of. I also enjoy the intelligent conversation between the characters. The plot is interesting and, as you would want, slowly unfolds and comes together at the end. Hoping the next book involves some of the previous characters- Big Mim, Aunt Tally, etc.. A great mystery and more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series' main characters were mostly passive observers to the events of the book this time so there was not allot of action. It was, unfortunately, kind of boring because of this. I did notice the change in Harry's name but assumed that she must have been Mary Harriet Minor before marrying Fair so there is still continuity. I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone who is not already reading the series because they would probably get a poor impression and not give the rest a chance. Stephanie Clanahan
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I go next to Cindertail
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Nightkit pounced on streamkit.*<p> *Streamkit yowls in surprise .*<p> *Stripekit watches.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He nods a greeting back to Willowsong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can i join?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*pads in her piercing red eyes looking around angerly and slams her paw on the ground frustrated and says quietly* where is he...........?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BROWN. Brownfur licked his paws. <p> BLUE. Bluestep looked a Firestr. <p> RED. Redtail asked," May we join? And I be deputy?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads in. "May I join?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where do bios go?)))